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Monday, January 12, 2009

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."

The Gospel today has Jesus coming to the Sea of Galilee and seeing Peter and his brother, Andrew, casting their nets into the sea. Jesus calls to them and says:"Come after me, and will make you fishers of men."

The wonderful thing is that they left their nets and followed Jesus. They were willing to leave all because of Jesus. Then they walked a little farther (this is Mark's version of the call of the first disciples) and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. "They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." The first four of the twelve to leave all and set out on the road with Jesus. Since then, Jesus continues to call us; he still is saying "Come, follow me" but so often we are too busy to even hear the call; or we are too attached to our "nets", our boats, our family, our own concerns, that we do not even hear the call of Jesus. May this year of 2009 make us more attentive to the many calls each of us receives from Jesus. May we have the grace to always follow him without looking back. It takes trust, but above all it takes love!

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